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The Joy of Missing Out - Finding Balance in a Wired World - cover

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The Joy of Missing Out - Finding Balance in a Wired World

Christina Crooks

Publisher: New Society Publishers

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Summary

Some surveys suggest that we spend over 7 hours a day on some form of technology;  Digital Detox  examines the implications of a technologically focused life and the dynamic possibilities for those longing to cultivate a richer on and off-line existence.  Through historical data, type-written letters, chapter challenges and personal accounts from prominent artists, broadcasters, and thinkers, the book creates a convincing case for increasing intentionality in our day-to-day lives.  While other books reveal the pitfalls of computer and smartphone overuse, no other mainstream titles help lead readers into a balanced and lively existence in their day-to-day lives.  The author discovered during her "internet fast" that the smartphone check-ins that she had been making multiple times a day were actually time suckers, not time savers.  With her extra time, the author was able to engage with new ideas, read books, study and create.  Book club discussion questions are included at the end of the book  Since unplugging from the internet for 31 days, the action which spawned this books as well as the Letters from a Luddite project, the author has been featured on the CBC radio show, Spark, and has written about technology for  UPPERCASE magazine, Geez magazine, Today's Parent,  New York-based journal  The Curator  .
Available since: 01/19/2015.

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